Saira Nawaz's scientific contributions

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Context: Data sharing between local health departments and health care systems is challenging during public health crises. In early 2021, the supply of COVID-19 vaccine was limited, vaccine appointments were difficult to schedule, and state health departments were using a phased approach to determine who was eligible to get the vaccine. Program:...
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COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Latinx communities and other communities of color. Promotores de salud (community health workers) have been proposed as a critical workforce to respond to the pandemic in these communities, yet there is limited knowledge about the work of promotores on the frontlines. This article presents a case study of La...
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Introduction: The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Latino communities has resulted in greater reports of depression, anxiety, and stress. We present a community-led intervention in Latino communities that integrated social services in mental health service delivery for an equity-based response. Methods: We used tracking sheets...
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Racism is a principal determinant of health inequity, but recent events have galvanized local and state leaders across Ohio to declare racism a public health emergency. In addition to the renewed call to racial justice, sustained progress will require ongoing measurement to determine which anti-racist efforts are working, and why. In this review, w...

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... The impact on this group was exacerbated by uncertainty, social isolation, loss of employment and income, mortality, and social suffering. 1 Latinx youth make up one of the largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority populations of Latinx in the United-States (US) and suffer from higher rates of mental health issues than their peers. Among Latinx youth, 22% report depressive symptoms, which is higher than all other groups except Native American youth. 2 Despite this, Latinx youth are less likely to receive mental health treatment (8%) compared to their Caucasian peers (14%). ...
... However, even when testing was provided at no cost in areas with large numbers of Latinos, they still faced barriers to accessing services (King County Hospitals for a Healthier Community, 2021). These findings highlight the importance of engaging community members to disseminate health information and deliver messages through trusted sources, such as promotoras (Montiel et al., 2021;Ornelas & Ogedegbe, 2021). Local public health officials must also provide accurate information in Spanish through social media, internet, and television programming to combat the continued spread of misinformation (Barua et al., 2020). ...
... Given the well-documented harm inflicted by racism and discrimination, healthcare organizations and health professionals have a professional and moral obligation to recognize racism as a vital sign indicating the status of our healthcare system and to use their platform and expertise to address injustice and health inequity by uprooting the basis of racism. Indeed, actively measuring and addressing racism in the health sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences are necessary to inform medical practice and public policy (8,9). ...